by Mike Hanson
Starting something new this week as I will talk about the upcoming fights first and then give the predictions. This is a good weekend for boxing fans.
First we have the split site doubleheader on HBO. Kelly Pavlik finally fights a breathing human being as he goes against Sergio Martinez. In the same way that I thought Sergio Mora would be a tough style for Pavlik, I think this fight is Mora times 10. I hope Kelly is back because it would be good for boxing. His loss to B-Hop stopped some big time momentum, but I hope he has learned from his first loss and is a better fighter now. The other fight on the card features Lucian Bute against Edison Miranda. Bute might be the best Super Middleweight out there now, Miranda is always dangerous.
Friday night we have a Heavyweight match on ESPN between Tony Thompson and Owen Beck. Thompson needs to win to stay relevant. Shobox will feature the return of bouncy Shawn Porter, along with another prospect Fernando Guerrero. Both prospects shouldn’t have any trouble with their opponents.
1. Kelly Pavlik vs. Sergio Martinez
In proving that TB can produce “styles make fights” type of bouts, Pavlik has all sorts of problems with Martinez within the game. Pavlik edges Sergio out 48-42-10. The most common outcome for Pavlik is a 9th round stoppage and when Martinez won it was by UD12. I believe Martinez will defeat Kelly Pavlik and I think it will be by a wide margin, possibly even a stoppage.
2. Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda
Bute dominates within the Title Bout Championship Boxing game. He won 85-14-1. His most common outcome was a 10th round stoppage while Miranda would win by the same the few times he won. I think Miranda has a punchers chance in this fight but a slim one. I think Bute ends the night early, before the 5th round.
3. Tony Thompson vs. Owen Beck
Thompson wins easily in the game going 77-20-3. Most of his wins were by UD12. When Beck won it was by TKO8. This is probably a snooze fest but I agree with TBCB and I think Thompson wins by decision.
Last time out both Title Bout and I went 2-1. I am leading this season with a record of 11-3 with Title Bout Championship Boxing sitting at 10-4.